No shortage of good news to go around our conference


   It is a time-worn phrase that likely dates back hundreds of years: No news is good news. It is a catchy, memorable idiom. It sounds good. It just isn’t true.
    The North Georgia Conference is bubbling over with good news. It is more than a challenge trying to keep up with it all. While government reformers have often reminded taxpayers about Congress allocating funds for a “bridge to nowhere,” United Methodists across North Georgia have been rapidly building bridges to everywhere, and changing lives and communities for the better. Small-membership churches as well as large-membership churches have become increasingly involved in Bridge building, locally as well as internationally.
    The Bridges initiative is just one of the life-changing outreach efforts our churches have been engaged in.
    Do you have good news to share?
   Here are a few reminders and helpful hints to get your information published in the North Georgia Advocate, as well as on our website.
      We work on the Advocate well in advance of publication date. We need submissions two weeks ahead of publication date. The Advocate is published twice a month, on the first and third Friday. Deadline to submit photos or news items is two weeks prior to publication date.
The most efficient way to submit copy and photos is to e-mail them to: You can also mail submissions to: North Georgia Advocate, 4511 Jones Bridge Circle, Norcross, GA. 30092.
      When applicable, include plenty of names with your items. The more the better.  When submitting a photograph, please identify as many people as possible.
        We require high resolution photos for print publication. When e-mailing photos, please send them as large files, preferably 300 DPI (dots per inch). Many photos sent by e-mail are set at 72 DPI, which is not high enough quality for print publication (though it is fine for a website).
    We don’t give preference to news from large churches. The Advocate has never rejected a news item because a church is too small.
We are eager to share stories of successful ministry efforts for two reasons: to celebrate the victories and provide helpful ideas to other churches. We are a connectional system and everyone benefits by sharing information.
As part of our mission, we focus almost exclusively on news and events happening in north Georgia, involving north Georgia churches and people. Broader church topics involving national and international issues are more applicable for publication in the UM Reporter. 
     It is our standard practice not to publish book reviews. 
Glenn Hannigan is editor of the North Georgia Advocate. If you have any other questions about the Advocate, or news to share, e-mail him at